Corn flour can be easily found in every household, but as a rule, in Moldova it is mostly used in the preparation of mamaliga (polenta). However, this type flour can be an important ingredient in baking various cakes and desserts. Here is an example of a Quince Polenta Cake, which is an alternative to the famous Jamie Oliver's Orange Polenta Cake, in which quince replaced the orange and which can be prepared only using local ingredients.
Almond flour - 200 g;
Corn flour - 100 g;
Baking powder - 1 tsp.;
Butter - 200 g;
Sugar - 150 g;
Eggs - 3 pcs.;
Dried quince - 150 g.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
In one bowl, mix the dry ingredients: almond flour, corn flour and baking powder. Stir with a whisk to break all the lumps, especially with almond flour.
In another bowl, mix the butter with sugar until smooth. It's not necessary to wait for the sugar to melt - it will melt during baking.
Add the eggs to the butter and sugar, one at a time, stirring thoroughly after each added egg. Add dry ingredients to the mixture and gently mix with a silicone spatula until the dough becomes homogeneous. Add quince and stir thoroughly again.
The cake can be baked in a round pan with removable bottom or in an oblong bread baking pan. Since the cake will be very, very juicy, one need to handle it with extreme care. With round pan we can remove the bottom and then easily cut the cake into slices, while the bread pan should be covered with a piece parchment paper (baking paper) .
Grease the pan with butter and cover it with a sheet of parchment paper. Spread the dough thoroughly, level it and send it to bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cake.
If the cake starts to burn before its middle part is baked, one can cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil.
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